Everton: ‘Unreliable’ Anthony Martial could be handed ‘lifeline’ at Goodison
Journalist: ‘Unreliable’ Man United ace could be handed ‘Lifeline’ at Everton
Journalist: ‘Unreliable’ Anthony Martial could be handed Manchester United ‘lifeline’ in Everton clash
Anthony Martial could be handed a Manchester United “lifeline” in the game against Everton on 26 November, according to Richard Fay.
Writing on the Manchester Evening News website on Thursday (16 November), the journalist said there will be “little sense” in risking Rasmus Hojlund against the Toffees after the Danish forward picked up an injury in the 1-0 victory against Luton Town on Saturday (11 November).
He added that the 27-year-old Martial has been deemed “unreliable” after failing to impress the Dutchman last season, but Fay suggested his future could lie elsewhere if he doesn’t start at Goodison Park.
“United will already be without the suspended Marcus Rashford for their must-win clash with Galatasaray three days later, so there would be little sense in risking Hojlund against Everton unless they absolutely had to,” said Fay. “It means Erik ten Hag might need to find an attacking alternative at Goodison Park and it could mean another lifeline for Anthony Martial.
“The Frenchman has been largely out of favour since Ten Hag arrived at the club and wasted his best opportunity of impressing the manager with an underwhelming campaign last year. While it is clear that Martial has a lot of talent, he has been deemed unreliable for both his strike rate and availability, and he is quite clearly not a striker that can be relied upon at such a level anymore.
“If he can’t even get a start at Everton when Hojlund is rested, then Martial will have no further illusions about where his future lies. Get an opportunity and take it, and he might have one final chance to put things right. Not that he should.”
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While the game potentially will provide Martial with a huge opportunity to impress at Goodison Park, it is also a chance for Everton to claim another three points.
Manchester United look likely to be without Hojlund for the game and that means the Toffees will probably come up against an out-of-form striker.
While Martial and Marcus Rashford both have undoubted quality and can be a real threat on their day, the pair have only scored one Premier League goal between them this season.
The Blues will be full of confidence after recently undergoing a huge turnaround in fortunes, having won six of their past nine games.
Sean Dyche will be looking for his side to put the Manchester club under pressure from the off as the Blues continue to look up at the teams above them in the table rather than over their shoulder.